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PHOTOS: Richfield Best Buy, Target Midnight Openings Draw Crowds

With the Richfield Target and Best Buy opening at midnight for Black Friday, local residents line up to get the first crack at the deals.

was bustling with activity Thursday night as "Harry Potter" played on a big screen in the parking lot and free hot beverages were served up for the hundreds of customers who were standing in line waiting for .

Herme Garcia and his family were first in line. According to Garcia, he and his family got their spot at 8 p.m. Wednesday and were planning on getting a 42-inch LCD television once they got in the doors.

Estimates from Best Buy event staff put the crowd at about 425 people around 10 p.m. Thursday but that number was on the rise fast as people kept coming into the parking lot, forcing the line of people to wind around the back of the store and down 77th Street to the west. 

On the other side of town, store had lines, but not at the same level of activity that Best Buy had. At the head of the line at was Kenny Stevens, a Minneapolis metro area resident, who had lined up earlier Thursday to get a deal on a gift for his daughter. 

According to , 30 customers every 15 seconds would be let in to avoid too many customers through the doors at once. By 11 p.m. the end of the line made its way across the entire storefront—almost to —with many more people entering the parking lot to grab their place in line as well. 

Pam Cipala November 25, 2011 at 10:32 AM
Went to Target on 494 and Penn and the line, well you could not see the end but it was moving at good speed. So we headed to Target in Edina and got parking spot and the end of the line which only went to sidewalk and kept walking right in, they did stop groups and wait a bit but it was not a big deal. I got in and out of the store in 20 minutes and we arrived there at 1225 am. Great way to shopif you know what you need and ignore people who are rude.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) November 25, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Yes, I went to target on Cedar in Richfield at 12:30 and walked right in as well. Lots of people - and hard to navigate with a cart - but got what I wanted and was out in 45 minutes. Then I headed to MOA, which was nothing like I've ever seen! But found an awesome parking spot and was in an out as well. What did you buy at Target? Big screen?
Tim Smith November 25, 2011 at 05:14 PM
It's too bad we can't get these kind of crowds outside of polling locations on election day... It is amazing to me that our population cares soo much about shopping and getting the best deal on crap but doesn't care at all about who represents them and makes the rules they must abide by... I wonder how much more debt was accrued by americans today... Good job America! Keep up the good work!

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